Let me make it clear that Big Brother had nothing to do with this one. I saw the potential for annoyance and was about to type something myself, so I locked it for a moment to let any potential tempers, including my own, die down.Cleon wrote: ↑Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:22 amOh, I know. The comment was meant mostly for Del's benefit. I should have quoted him and pointed it at him. Strong convictions and all being what they are, I understand where he's coming from.hugodrax wrote: ↑Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:42 amIt's not the regulars who enjoy this sort of thing anyone has to worry about, Cleon.tuttle wrote: ↑Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:29 am+1Cleon wrote: ↑Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:25 amFWIW, I am a Reformation minded Christian. Presbyterian. Calvinist too. I'm even in the midst of planning a community Reformation Day service focusing on the 5 solas. Del's comments are not offensive to me at all. He's a Catholic. He is speaking as a Catholic . I find it refreshing for him to say plainly what he means. It's not a personal attack. I look on the bright side: 500 years later and we aren't killing each other.
It just irks me that big brother has our forum by the cojones and there's nothing that can really be done about it. I wouldn't want to be a moderator at all. My hat is off to you guys who have to deal with it all.
I believe strongly that theology discussions anywhere have a real potential for insult. Sometimes we mean to and sometimes we don't but it happens anyway. I have definitely given insult here, both unintentionally and intentionally. But I do try not to (probably not as hard as I should)--when I saw the comparison to Mohammed, I just shut it down for a minute so everyone knew to be cool and analyze rather than react.
I'm with you about strong convictions. Men that have them deserve respect and the mark of a Christian, the mark I fail at all too often, is that of consideration and calmness in the face of contrary opinions. That's what makes this so difficult and so special of a place--we fail and we forgive and we pray for each other even when we think the other guy is dead wrong.
One man's saint is another man's infidel. It's good to see so many people understand this and I'm glad nobody got angered.